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More than 100,000 people lined Singapore's streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, officials said as a week of mourning ended in the city-state he led to prosperity. Torrential rain soaked the crowds as howitzers fired a 21-gun salute to the country's first prime minister and jet fighters screamed across the sky in a grand farewell normally reserved for a head of state.

The ruling Socialists suffered a major blow in France's run-off local polls on Sunday as the centre-right alliance of former president Nicolas Sarkozy won a sizeable victory. Early results indicated Sarkozy's coalition had taken between 64 and 70 councils, while combined left-wing parties took between 27 and 37, according to projections from Ipsos and CSA polling firms.
Michael Clarke hit 74 in his last one-day international to lead Australia to their fifth World Cup title with a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in a disappointing final on Sunday. A record crowd of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground saw power-packed Australia bowl out the Black Caps for 183 and then gallop to victory in the 34th over.
The Karachi stocks market braved the fifth consecutive bearish weekly closing last week. The week that ended on Friday, March 27, saw the KSE-100 index shedding 5.7 percent or 1,842.43 points to close below the psychological barrier of 30,000 points. The benchmark index shrank to 29,957.83 points from 31,800.26 of March 20.
Futures spreads grew by 549 basis points to reach 15.64 percent compared to 10.15 percent of the preceding week. The week under review saw the average trading turnover increasing by 201.3 percent to 63.85 million shares from the previous week's 21.19 million.
Pakistan on Saturday denied its fighter jets are taking part in the Saudi-led operation in Yemen and declared that any decision to become part of the war will be taken after a visit of a high level delegation to Riyadh, which is due in the next 48 hours.
Arab leaders gathered in Egypt Saturday for a charged summit overshadowed by the unprecedented Saudi-led offensive against Yemeni rebels and amid calls for a joint-Arab military force to confront militants.

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33





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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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